kshandra: Composite image of a sprig of white jasmine and the word Jasmine on a golden background (Jasmine House)
I need someone to design me a pair of stained glass windows for my Lottery House. (Everyone has a Lottery House in their dreams, don't they?)

In one panel, a vine with the Thirteen Night-Blooming Flowers, and a scroll reading "All Knowledge Is Worth Having." In the other, a spiral adorned with the Thirteen Jewels and a scroll reading "Everything Has A Price."

Take that, Sarah Winchester!
kshandra: a stack of hardback books, spines facing away (Books)
As some of you may have seen elsewhere, [personal profile] gridlore and I bought a Kindle Fire HD6 last month (for the trip, for his inevitable next hospital stay, etc.). We have a LOT of ebooks already that I've converted to the appropriate format(s) using Calibre. But no matter what transfer method I use - sideloading them from Windows Explorer or syncing with Calibre - the files ONLY show up in whichever profile is open on the Fire at the time. Exceptionally maddening: I used the Send to Kindle option to email myself a book as a test, confirmed receipt in my profile, then switched to Doug's profile and WATCHED IT DISAPPEAR from the corresponding location.

Anybody have suggestions for what I might try?
kshandra: a stack of hardback books, spines facing away (Books)
[personal profile] gridlore has an offer for you today:

I'm working on a novel for NaNoWriMo. Working title is The Prophet Principle and it's a SF thriller/caper novel. I will finish this and publish it through Createspace. I'll be honest; this book is unlikely to win a Hugo, or sell more than a few dozen copies. But I think it will be fun and I am determined to be published.

But here's the thing. . .

I suck at names. I tend to use name generators, which are fine, but I would prefer to both do something fun and raise some money for the trip. So I'm selling naming rights.

I have about ten characters who will be in most of the book. About half will die along the way. Here's the deal.

For a $250 donation to the fund, I'll name my protagonist after you, or whoever you want. I'll take your description or photo, any mannerisms or quirks, and write them in. Note the character is a confidence artist and thief.

For a $100 donation to the fund, you get to name one of the supporting characters. Some of these characters have roles established, so we might have to find a good fit.

For $50, your name gets mentioned. Somewhere. Random bartender, Krazy [name]'s Used Starships, mook who gets killed and his mate goes nuts screaming "They killed [name]!" As above, but details will be limited.

When the book is published, I'll autograph a copy and mail to all the people who became part of it.

For those of you who have already contributed, if you're interested in being in one of Doug's other stories, drop us a line.

kshandra: Hufflepuff House's coat of arms from the Harry Potter films. (Hufflepuff)
...several games, in fact.

Pottermore started letting in the public earlier this week, and I succumbed fairly early, despite my sour-grapes reaction after missing the beta. And after a decade of sorting 80/20 GryffinClaw (including the original Warner Brothers site for the films), I was determined to be a honey badger Hufflepuff. ;-) And I was just charmed with the description of the Hufflepuff common room on the site:

A sloping, earthy passage...travels upwards a little way until a cosy, round, low-ceilinged room is revealed, reminiscent of a badger's set. The room is decorated in the cheerful, bee-like colours of yellow and black, emphasised by the use of highly polished, honey-coloured wood for the tables and the round doors which lead to the boys' and girls' dormitories (furnished with comfortable wooden bedsteads, all covered in patchwork quilts).

Round doors, eh? We're not Hufflepuffs - we're hobbits.

I'm HollySeeker27011 in-game; please chime in with your game handle here, so I can set nicknames for you on the site. (I'm missing a nick for one person I added during my original frenzy on Tuesday, so even if I've already added you, let me know who you are, please!)

Back in December, [personal profile] murphymom gave [personal profile] gridlore and me gift memberships - "miracles" - for the Grateful Dead Game MMO, which went live (natch) on 4/20. We were actually looking forward to this...but Mom, I'm sorry you spent your money on it. :-/ The artwork is delightful, but the game is disappointing so far. There are four levels of a Donkey Kong-esque side-scroller to get through...and apparently none of the content we were promised (the "Space Rail" that is supposed to take us from concert venue to concert venue, interaction with other players, etc.) is ready yet. So you fall off the end of the platform (since the door to the next level won't open) - and the game resets to the beginning of Level 1. Indeed, the game resets any time you log off the site, or the Flash plug-in that runs the game crashes. The feedback that is showing up on the game's FB page and on the main site is brutal.
kshandra: Close-up of a single lit candle against a black background (Candle)
...I'm not sure what was harder: Hearing the news, or having to tell [livejournal.com profile] murphymom. (I actually called her in the middle of class; I needed to know she'd heard it from family.)

The tears I feel today
I'll wait to shed tomorrow.
Though I'll not sleep this night
Nor find surcease from sorrow.
My eyes must keep their sight;
I dare not be tear-blinded.
I must be free to talk
Not choked with grief, clear-minded.
My mouth cannot betray
The anguish that I know.
Yes, I'll keep my tears till later:
But my grief will never go.

  --Song for Petiron, from Dragonsinger
kshandra: a stack of hardback books, spines facing away (Books)
(copied largely from a comment I left elsewhere)

Author Madeleine L'Engle, whose novel "A Wrinkle in Time" has been enjoyed by generations of schoolchildren and adults since the 1960s, has died, her publicist said Friday. She was 88.

Amazingly, I only read L'Engle for the first time in the past decade. [livejournal.com profile] dafydd introduced me to the books...and then, at a time when I most needed to learn how to Be, he Named me. The Naming at the end of A Wind in the Door was his contribution to my graduation from therapy. I needed that concept so desperately in my life, and I will ever be grateful, both to dafydd for sharing it with me, and L'Engle for sharing it with the world.

Well, feh.

Oct. 21st, 2006 09:43 pm
kshandra: a stack of hardback books, spines facing away (Books)
I was trying to add Adam Ant's autobiography, Stand and Deliver, to my holiday wish list...but it hasn't been released domestically yet (only came out in mid-September in the UK), and I can't figure out a way to link an amazon.co.uk wish list to my main amazon.com account.

So y'all know I want it now, okay?
kshandra: a stack of hardback books, spines facing away (Books)
Seen in a lot of places now: The canonical list of Hugo Award-winning novel-length fiction. Titles I've read are in bold; titles I've tried to read are in italics.

Friends help you move. Real friends help you move bodies. Best friends help you move books. )
kshandra: a stack of hardback books, spines facing away (Books)
Did you know there are TWO other Black Jewels books?! I found Dreams Made Flesh (which is actually a collection of four short stories, published a year and a half ago) while [livejournal.com profile] gridlore and I were out shopping yesterday; I finished it this morning. In the listings up front, I saw mention of The Invisible Ring (and yes, that's what you think it's referring to), which apparently came out in 2000; my copies of the Trilogy must be early-enough printings that it wasn't out yet.

There are samples of both (as well as an excerpt from a short story about Surreal from an anthology) on Anne Bishop's website.
kshandra: a stack of hardback books, spines facing away (Books)
I don't remember the title... (The original post is T3H W1NZ0R, too, but on an unrelated subject.)
kshandra: The Burning Man effigy, lit in blue neon, arms by his sides; an orange half-moon is visible over his shoulder. (IWantItNow)
We need to start selling blood, internal organs, etc.

I just found out that Anne and Todd McCaffrey are going to be at WorldCon in Anaheim.

Oh, dear.

Jul. 18th, 2005 09:20 pm
kshandra: The Burning Man effigy, lit in blue neon, arms by his sides; an orange half-moon is visible over his shoulder. (Argh!)
One of my dear friends, who knows computers reasonably well, but whose LJ-fu is occasionally weak, just posted a GINORMOUS PotterSpoiler, intended for a filter - and it was neither filtered nor cut.

She appears to have logged off for the night almost immediately thereafter, as I shot off a warning flare as soon as I saw the post, but it hasn't changed.

The hatemail is starting to come in.

Poor thing....
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